Author Archive for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – Page 2

June 2020 Volunteer of the Month- Samantha Stephenson

Samantha Stephenson, a senior associate at Hogan Lovells, began volunteering with MVLS in 2016 and has accepted 64 cases during that time, primarily in expungement but also in estate planning and administration. Samantha is a dedicated volunteer who has demonstrated passion for her clients. She has attended most of our Center for Urban Families expungement…

MVLS Stands with Those Demanding Structural Transformation

Over the past few weeks, our country has borne witness yet again to the killing of Black people and ongoing protests against a system that devalues Black lives. Every day, MVLS works to reduce barriers that often result from a legal system that disproportionately denies access to Black communities and other communities of color. Just…

Lawyer in the Library – Virtual Edition

Talk with a volunteer attorney – for free—for up to 20 minutes every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is available for all Maryland residents. The Ask a Lawyer in the Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by the Anne Arundel Local Pro Bono Committee and the Maryland Volunteer…

Pandemic Swindlers: Scams to Watch Out for during the COVID-19 Outbreak

While the majority of Americans are staying home whenever possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, some bad actors are taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate scams. With more people at home during work hours, it has never been easier for scammers to target unsuspecting people with calls, text messages, and emails. Some scammers…

Affidavit Judgments Entered During Pandemic Reversed

MVLS is delighted to see that the District Court will vacate affidavit judgments entered while the Court is closed. This dates back to March 16, 2020. Maryland law allows for defendants to file late Notices of Intention to Defend when the defense has merit. Unrepresented defendants have difficulty navigating the process when they can go…

May 2020 Volunteer of the Month- Lucrecia Johnson

Lucrecia Johnson, the founder and managing attorney at LPJ Legal, has been a volunteer with MVLS since 2012. She primarily accepts cases in the areas of family law (divorce and custody) and bankruptcy. She has taken 23 of these cases since first signing up as a volunteer and is currently working on a bankruptcy case,…

Estate Planning Preparation During the COVID-19 Outbreak

We are living in a very uncertain time. As institutions close and families shelter in place, our loved ones are closer to us than ever before. On the other hand, social distancing requires that we establish barriers between friends and family members, namely the older adults in our lives.  As we face these new times…

Tax Stimulus Checks are Ripe for Scams

Last updated: April 2, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET ‘Tis the season…for scams! Everyone is talking about the coming stimulus checks, especially in these uncertain financial times. But whenever money is involved, there are people ready to scam. You need to protect yourself – and your money!  Look out for: Anyone telling you that “in…

Your Gift Can Go Further: CARES Act Financial Updates

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable Marylanders across the state need access to free legal services more than ever. While your charitable support to MVLS is always appreciated, your generosity is vital now. When you support access to civil legal services in 2020 you may be eligible for additional tax benefits.  We have outlined below valuable…

What You Need to Know About the Stimulus Funds

Original post: April 1, 2020 Last updated: April 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET Many of you have likely heard of the stimulus funds being issued to U.S. citizens as part of the CARES Act. At Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, our staff attorneys have been following the planned implementation of the payments and have a…